Monthly Archives: July 2014

Homemade Ketchup and French Fries

Homemade ketchup, yes Please!

butter, basil and breadcrumbs | simple. rustic. delish. recipes.

IMG_2388I was driving home the other day thinking about, and craving french fries and ketchup. It made me start wondering if I can really even be considered a foodie, because I still do like to eat regular food, such as …well… french fries and ketchup.

Would a foodie be driving down the road craving french fries?
Maybe. Or maybe not.
I mean, what exactly is a foodie?

Well, according to Wikipedia:

“A foodie is a gourmet, or a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger. While gourmet and epicurean can be used as synonyms they have fallen out of favor and bring to mind a stodgy or snobbish attitude.”

My interest in food is definitely ardent, or passionate, if you will…and sometimes it’s refined..although I truly cannot…

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Oatmeal Caramelitas

A wonderful twist in great flavors

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This recipe is 47 years old. It was the 1967 18th Pillsbury Bake-off winning recipe, created by Erlyce Larson from Kennedy, Minnesota.

In fact, it’s quite a popular recipe, but I share it with you under protest. Well, maybe not protest, because I’ve been making them for years and years…and they are actually a favorite of mine.

So, let me be clear.
I’ve never understood the name.
…and….I’m not sure I like it.

Oatmeal Caramelita.

It’s kind of like my name.

I’ve grown accustomed throughout the years, that when I’m introduced to someone new…. We shake hands, and right at that same moment, I receive a confused look from the other person, and they say … “I’m sorry, what is your name?” … “Prudy or Pru” I’ll answer… “Prudence”. It never fails, they say my name a couple of times as if they’re trying on a pair of…

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S’mores Cookie Pie

S’mores Cookie Pie
Brought to us from Miss Sami Sunshine Blog


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Do you get unexpected guests? This recipe is so easy that you can just throw it together in no time! It’s so tasty too, you will definitely impress your guests.

I like to make this around “that time of the month”. I’m usually lazy, and crave warm chocolate! This pie hits the spot when it comes to any chocolate cravings.

1 16.5 oz tube of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (make your own here)
1 8.25 oz tube of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (make your own here)
1 7oz container of marshmallow fluff
1 bag of chocolate chips (size of your preference, depending on how much chocolate you want)

1. Preheat oven to the temperature stated on the cookie dough package.

2. Unwrap the 16.5oz cookie dough and press into a 9 inch pie pan. Press on the bottom and up the sides.

3. Empty the marshmallow fluff on the cookie dough crust and spread evenly.

4. Top the fluff with HOWEVER MANY CHOCOLATE CHIPS YOU WANT!!!! You can go crazy or light. 😉

5. Open the 8.25oz tube of cookie dough, grab some in your hands, roll and flatten dough. Place flattened dough on top of the chocolate chips. You can flatten a big piece and take care of the top of the pie in one fell swoop, or, you can flatten smaller pieces and place them so they cover evenly.

6. Bake the pie the amount stated on the cookie dough package, or until its golden brown.

7. Cool completely(if you can handle waiting) and serve with a tall glass of ice cold milk!

Does what you order and what you eat say things things about you?-

Another fun read from Thrilllist! Does what we order tell who we are?
Maybe a little, take a look.
Thank you Thrillist and Kevin Alexander for the fun read.
What your Chipotle order says about you


PUBLISHED ON 7/13/2014

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Though there is clearly a lot that people don’t know about Chipotle, what we do know is that it is a regular stop for tons of folks, be they college students, office workers, or Presidents who refuse to respect the sneeze guard. But did you know that I am basically a trained social scientist who can tell EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU just by your order? Don’t believe me? Well, check this out:

A chicken burrito with just black beans and salsa
You own several hand mirrors. Sometimes, when you are running alongside a car that has just been washed, you lose yourself in your own reflection and crash into old people holding shopping bags filled with empty cans. You get mildly annoyed when the ref makes you take off your FitBit during co-ed soccer games, because your steps won’t be reflected on your chart. You occasionally do the American Psycho pose during sex.

A regular burrito “however you usually make it”
You are one of those people who fills in “Neither Agree nor Disagree” for all the answers on your cable customer feedback surveys.

A grilled steak burrito with no beans, extra rice, double guac, double cheese, double sour cream, no salsa
You own three Jake Plummer Denver Broncos football jerseys, all in the “third” color way. Your family has been the only family in your town buying Cadillac Escalades for years now.

I rolled burritos at Chipotle, and it changed me
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A half barbacoa/carnitas burrito with both types of beans, all the salsas, plus guac, cheese, and sour cream, plus all the hot sauces
You are secretly intrigued by buffets, but feel like your socioeconomic standing doesn’t permit you to admit that openly. You are one of the only people who actually uses the screen-within-a-screen function on your TV. You’re like the NAFTA of food consumption: you don’t believe in borders.

An adobo-marinated chicken burrito with roasted chili-corn salsa
So you’re the one person who gets the adobo-marinated chicken AND the roasted-chili corn salsa, huh?!?! WHAT IS YOUR LIFE LIKE?!?! YOU ARE A MYSTERY TO US ALL.

You are hip, though you like to use the word “hep” because less people are doing that nowadays. You live in a neighborhood that makes you slightly uneasy, just so you can watch people’s faces when you nonchalantly tell them your cross-streets. You read Lucky Peach before they, like, got a little bit corporate and mainstream. You own vinyl records because “the sound quality is so much better”. You are not going to be happy when you discover Taco Bell is also making these things now.

A chicken burrito, add in fresh cilantro
You live a colorful life. You go to farmer’s markets, and not just for the free samples of olive oil. You once dated one of those people whose taste buds make them think cilantro tastes like soap, and you fought so much. The sex was weirdly good, though.

A burrito with no meat, just cilantro-lime rice and extra guacamole
You’re my weird cousin who is super weird.
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Crispy tacos with chicken, cheese, and salsa
You have a fondness for Matt Christopher and Hardy Boys books. You often wear shirts with the Animaniacs on them, and call girls “icky” and “smelly” and “realistically out of your league”. You are 37 years old.

One barbacoa, one chicken, and one carnitas soft taco, each with a different type of salsa, cheese, and sour cream combination
You won “most friendly” in high school, and said hi to everyone in the hallway, including Rick. You don’t make fun of people with a ton of bumper stickers, even internally, just to yourself. You hated Lebron’s ESPN special “The Decision”, not because of its audacious, lame, and overblown premise, but more just because you felt uncomfortable that he had to choose at all. You don’t get laid a lot using online dating sites.

Steak soft tacos w/ red chili salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce
You have a (leased) sports car, with a vanity license plate. You were good at one varsity sport in high school, but it isn’t the one you tell people it was. You live life in the fast lane. Literally, you’ve gotten three tickets for speeding this year, which partially explains why you’re always eating Chipotle.

A carnitas burrito bowl with everything
With you, it’s not about what you’re spending, it’s about what you’re saving. You once bought an owl box for your backyard, just because it was 70% off, and you don’t even have a backyard. You keep a running tally in your head of all the money you’ve ever won/lost gambling, so when you lose $300 at the casino, you can still convince your brain that you’re actually up $80 from four years before. You have trouble getting loans from non-private lenders.
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A double-wrapped burrito, any style
When you leave your house, you automatically say “wallet, keys, phone” aloud three times. You don’t like riding public transportation because of people’s gross elbows and bodies and faces. The last impromptu thing you did was buy a Swiffer WetJet.

A burritodilla
It doesn’t matter who you are, because no one really seems to understand exactly what you want.

A chicken quesadilla
You’re one of those people who ends up pressing the meat down on the grill several times even after Sam Sifton SPECIFICALLY SAID not to. You also tend to leave your seat belt off even in cars where it beeps, and pretend not to notice. Actually, you may have a hearing issue.

The Kid’s Menu chicken quesadilla with chocolate milk
A kid, hopefully, or at least young enough-looking to get carded when attempting to buy cigarillos from gas stations.
The rules: dining at Chipotle
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Just chips and guacamole
You don’t like to be locked into longterm commitments. You’ve moved three times in the past year. You date casually. You own a pre-paid cell phone, which alarms your uncle, now that he finally got around to watching The Wire.

Nachos (essentially a burrito bowl, but sub out the rice for tortilla chips)
You tend to do well when watching Jeopardy, especially during foreign categories Alex Trebek enjoys annunciating. You’re a regular at a cool bar by your house. Your doctor thinks you need to stop subbing tortilla chips in for normal foodstuffs.

A sofritas burrito bowl
You’re a vegetarian, but you don’t like to advertise it, or lord it over people like Darlene did on Roseanne. WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS BOSSING AROUND DAVID HEALY?!?!

Any type of salad
You’re not real, therefore you don’t exist.

click here for the full Thrillist article
Kevin Alexander is Thrillist’s food/drink executive editor, and stopped ordering kids’ quesadillas MONTHS ago, okay? Follow him to the DMV to get a vanity license plate at @KAlexander03.

What Diet? Then What Have I Been Eating?

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th Of July to all of our great American Friends!
July 4th is the 185th day of the year….
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Enjoy the day with family and friends…. Remember those who fought for your Independence and celebrate with great food and fun!
Share your favourite food traditions and let us know who you spent your time with!



Happy Canada Day to ALL!

Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian Friends !!
We hope your all enjoying Canada’s birthday with friends and family!
Eat well, get out and enjoy the sun and spend time with the ones you love!
Stay safe.